LEADING OFF: Japanese ace Masahiro Tanaka makes

A look at the highlights of what’s happening all around spring training in Florida and Arizona today: ___ BACK ON THE MOUND Japanese ace Masahiro Tanaka will make his first spring start when the New York Yankees host the Atlanta Braves at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida. Tanaka missed 2 1/2 months last season while[…]

LEADING OFF: Comedian Will Ferrell to play for 10 teams

A look at the highlights of what’s happening all around spring training in Florida and Arizona on Thursday: ___ NO JOKE Comedian Will Ferrell plans to play ball in spring training — and play ball and play ball and play ball. The “Anchorman” star is going to play every position while making appearances at five[…]

Yankees’ Tanaka throws 1st simulated game

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka looked sharp in his first simulated game. The right-hander threw 23 of 29 pitches for strikes Saturday in the session broken down into two innings. The Japanese ace faced nine batters, giving up one single and striking out one. “Overall I thought it was really[…]

Tanaka pleased with first BP

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka was pleased with his first batting practice session. The Japanese right-hander threw 25 pitches Monday. “As for the first time, I think it went well,” Tanaka said through an interpreter. Tanaka missed 2 1/2 months last season with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in[…]